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Browns Schedule Week 16: Scouting the Houston Texans

The Browns look to keep their winning streak alive on Sunday against the Houston Texans

Houston Texans v Tennessee Titans Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

The Cleveland Browns are heading down to Texas this week to face the 8-6 Houston Texans in what should be another exciting AFC conference matchup.

The Browns haven’t announced any new injuries this week for the first time in a while, which is certainly a breath of fresh air. Kevin Stefanski has described the majority of any injury-related news as players being “day-to-day”.

As far as injuries go for the Texans, we’re still waiting to get an official update on whether or not C.J. Stroud will be active after dealing with a concussion that held him out of Houston’s week 15 game against the Tennessee Titans. If he’s ruled out, which is looking more and more likely, then former Browns quarterback Case Keenum will get the start.

Despite the Texans winning five out of their last seven games, they continue to show two main weaknesses each week.

The Texans are one-dimensional on offense

The name of the game for Houston’s offense has been its passing attack with C.J. Stroud at the helm. They haven’t been able to run the ball effectively in 2023, and one of the main reasons for this is their lack of consistent play from the offensive line. The Texans are only averaging 100.3 rushing yards per game and 3.8 yards per carry so far this season, which currently rank 22nd and 28th in the NFL, respectively.

Like Cleveland, they currently have one of the more “thrown together” offensive lines in the NFL due to a plethora of injuries. Unfortunately for the Texans this week, they’ll be going up against one of the best defensive lines in the league.

Houston’s pass defense has been surprisingly horrible

The Texans are currently allowing opposing quarterbacks to average 239.1 passing yards per game, 7.1 yards per attempt, and complete 68.6% of their passes, ranking 25th, 28th, and 30th worst this year.

Despite the Texans' secondary being full of great individual players, they can’t seem to put it all together this season. It appears like they’re being plagued with mental lapses and blown coverage problems consistently.


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